Black Friday Haul 2016

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The Trendsetters dove into the craziness that is Black Friday, thankfully, surviving and scoring some killer deals to share with you!

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Processed with VSCO with a6 preset   bfriday1I ordered these adorable brown booties from Payless for $16.99. They are American Eagle brand, and they look so, so cozy! I can’t wait to wear these bad boys every single day.

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This satiny, black dress is from H&M and I got it for $29.99. This beauty is sleek, and is so soft! I wore it the night I bought it for about 4 hours and it kept me warm and comfortable. Such a good deal!

bfriday3 This soft, grey sweater from H&M was $20 and I will never take it off. Not only is it made out of angel hair (at least, I’m pretty sure) but it has the name of the city that will be my home very soon: New York City.

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Pic 4: This lacy, black bralette from H&M was $10 and is the perfect piece to layer under sweaters and dresses.

 

Dina

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Shopping. Yahooooo! Shopping is one activity that I like to spend my time and my money on. I love shopping because it makes me happy and it’s really fun. And who doesn’t like Black Friday? Everyone was waiting for Black Friday to go shop the big sales there are that day. I was so excited for Black Friday before coming to the USA.

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My first Black Friday here in Missoula was so crazy. My friends and I went to Southgate Mall after we had brunch. We went to the mall together, but since there were a lot of people and it was not your usual day at the mall, we decided to go separately. There were a lot of people and was such a busy day. I decided to do some shopping in H&M. I found two beautiful modern long sleeves, which is the white and yellow one. I love both of them, because those still new and super stylish and it so cute on me. Also because the weather is become more cold, I decided to bought some warm clothes. There I found one beautiful grey scarf on sale. Wow! I love it . Last but not least, I found one beautiful necklaces with rings also in H&M.

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After shopping at H&M, I walked around the mall and decided to look at some things like jewelry in Rue 21 . I went in for about 20 minutes and bought some beautiful jewelry, but unfortunately I got stuck in a long line there. I was so tired and got really bored while in line because there were a lot of people and it was so crazy and not like my experience at H&M before. Finally, I got to pay for my stuff at the cashier, and it surprised me how the price was not expensive as I expected.

20161127_195810Wow, it was a super crazy Black Friday. It ‘s not the end of my shopping on Black Friday. I also got one set of new products from MAELLE. New makeup and skin products. Maelle is a new company about cosmetic and skin care that just launched on 1st of November and I just joined this company for 1 week. This quality of cosmetic is high and very good. I got one set of cosmetics with a beautiful Laptop bag. Overall, I was so excited with what I got on Black-Friday.

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Michelle

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I found out this year that I don’t think I like Black Friday very much. It’s not that I even mind the crowds of people or the fact that it’s based off of extreme consumerism the day after Thanksgiving (okay, maybe I mind that part a tad.) My inner shopping addict just can’t handle it. The amazing deals, in store and online alike, bloggers sharing their Black Friday picks and the overall feeling of FOMO if you didn’t score an incredible deal. It all get’s a bit too much. That being said, I scored some pretty incredible deals.

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I purchased these beautiful Hunter boots online a day or two before Black Friday because Nordstrom started some sales early. I’ve been eyeing them for FOREVER, and once I found out they were 25% off I knew I had to snatch them up. These are the ones Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam has, so needless to say, I’m pretty pumped. I can’t wait for them to arrive so I can finally go splash in some puddles in style.

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I picked up this cozy Jack by BB Dakota sweater from Sora & Company on Black Friday while perusing for Christmas gifts that afternoon (classic.) They were having a 25% off sale on the entire store and having passed up this sweater in the past because of the price tag,  I couldn’t leave it behind this time around. The color doesn’t come across so great on camera but it’s a dreamy dusty rose in person and I just cant’t get enough.

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img_4267-1After work, I decided to hit up a couple stores in the mall to get a head start on my Christmas shopping. Of course, I ended up coming across a couple pieces for myself too. I picked up this adorable white criss-cross top and this gorgeous plaid coat for 20% at Apricot Lane. I already have thought of a million ways to style these pieces and I can’t wait to incorporate them into future Trendsetters at the U ensembles.

That night I ended up climbing into bed, frustrated with myself for not finding more things for others while out on my Black Friday excursion. I took to the internet and got a huge chunk of my Christmas shopping done from my bed. The beauty of the internet, people!

 

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

- The Trendsetter Team

A League of Gentlemen: Fall Fashion 2016

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Fall brings out the best in fashion. And just like last year, we wanted to spotlight men’s fashion during one of our favorite seasons. We gathered up some of UM’s finest fashionistos to provide some fall fashion advice and inspiration for the guys.

 

Christopher

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When it comes to picking out pants for the Fall, take some cues from the season and grab a pair of camel, khaki or good old brown pants based off of the first leaf that falls from a tree as you look out your window. My favorite base color for pants right now is definitely camel. It’s a color loud enough to keep the neon-loving kid inside of me happy while remaining neutral enough to be a solid base for a variety of outfits. If you get the color just right as you stroll through the fallen leaves you might even look like a disembodied torso.

A darker color block shirt can bring a nice subtle contrast to your “Hey! Where did my legs go?” camel pants at this point. I’m a personal fan of long sleeved collared shirts, but a similar style hoodie or t-shirt can have the same effect. If you want to go the extra mile and enjoy being asked “Is that a shirt or a jacket?” look for a shirt that substitutes the classic button up style for a zipper.

What better time of year to go sloshing through puddles or jumping in piles of leaves than the Fall. To make sure your feet keep dry you’ve got to strap yourself up in a nice pair of boots. You can’t go wrong with a classic brown or black, but don’t be afraid to let your personality come through a little when picking out your footwear. There are nice waterproofing sealants that you can get for a variety of boot materials to keep you looking sharp throughout the season. If you do it right, you won’t ever want spring to come again.

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Thomas

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FALL IS FINALLY HERE! Easily my favorite season, not too cold, not too warm. My wardrobe is literally only fall clothes and it’s pretty basic. Of course I’m going to pull out my light knit gray sweater and it’s one of my favorites because of the little zipper detail down the seams on both side. I got this from the Brooklyn Calling collection at Aeropostale and have been obsessed ever since.

For bottoms, I stayed pretty basic and threw on my black skinny jeans, one of the many pairs I own. As I always say, you can never own too many pairs!

For shoes, since it’s fall and the weather might be a little wet, I didn’t want to wear my nicer boots so I decided to go with my trusty pair of combat boots. You may not be able to tell, but just the day before they were covered in mud thanks to a corn maze, just one of the many fall activities that I’ll be wearing them to.

Finally, I grabbed my leather jacket because it’s slowly getting colder and a basic sweater just might not cut it. I’ll definitely be wearing this plenty through fall and even into winter.

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James

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As a homegrown Pacific Northwest boy, I was made for sweater weather. Autumn gives us the perfect opportunity to drape ourselves in soft fabrics and cozy up under warm blankets or blanket scarves. I bought this scarf because of the size, as I’m a pretty tall dude and want something of scale, but also for the neutral tones.

This gray knit is one of my favorites because of the way it fits my arms; rarely does a sweater show off a bicep well. My standard staple no matter what month is a pair of black slim fit denim and I’m usually wearing it with a dark boot of some kind, just like here. These shoes have had a good life and I’ll most likely be investing in a new pair soon. Where do I get them you ask? Unapologetically, everything I’m wearing (even down to my skivvies) is from H&M.

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Chris

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Fall is my favorite season. While I really like the sparkling sterility of winter, the fresh rejuvenation of spring and the torrid, dog days of summer, I LOVE the mystery and mildly tragic romance of fall. There is a mood in the air as the colors shift from summery greens to fiery reds and it fills me with a sense of brooding self-reflection. While it may not be fully conscious, I know this feeling impacts my choice in attire.

I put a lot of miles on my feet during a regular day, so it’s important to me that what I wear will be appropriate for any situation. A good pair of Levi’s is always a safe bet, especially when I’m not sure what the day will bring. Since there is a chill in the air, I like a black knit sweater from H&M which keeps me warm, but not TOO warm. I finish the basic outfit with my favorite shoes…a pair of Converse. The great thing about Converse is that you can dress them up OR down.

Fall fashion is all about the accessories that keep us warm. I start with a black Gucci scarf paired with a good old-fashioned hand-me-down scarf from my Dad. This scarf adds a little bit of color to my otherwise black-on-black ensemble. My long, black jacket is from Gap and is one of my favorite pieces to pull out when the seasons change.

Finally, I think it’s important to support my friends whenever I can. A friend of mine started a lifestyle brand called BETTER RUGGED, which, among other things, produces great hats. I think throwing on a hat is a great way to add a little bit of personal style to any outfit. Plus, there’s the added benefit that you can avoid messing with your hair in the morning, so I’m more than happy to wear the hat and show my support!

I’ll be honest, I’m busy and don’t always put a lot of thought into being fashion-forward. When I get dressed, I think about function first, then comfort, and finally, fashion. Don’t get me wrong, I like to look good and I want to express my personal style, but I’m a (broke) student and my style vision can’t quite match my reality…yet. So for me, the most important and stylish thing a person can do is dress for the demands of their day, while making sure that they feel great about how they look.

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Randy

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Autumn in Missoula is really something else. The trees that line the streets of Missoula around the University light up with orange and red and the walks by the river become a bit more chilly. The sunset seems brighter and the wind has more of a bite to it. I guess I really like Fall.

I like a slimmer, taller fit in my clothes. So, for this outfit, I started with my favorite flannel shirt (what is fall without a flannel?!) as well as some slimmer Free World jeans. I paired these with my favorite shoes – black and white Old Skool Vans. So far, fairly traditional look. However, the highlight of this outfit is certainly the open cardigan thing. I don’t even know what to call it! I acquired it from H&M and it is probably the most comfortable thing I wear. It has a very tall fit and can be worn open or overlapped on itself.

This is one of my go-to’s on a sunny autumn day—it keeps me cozy without all the layers. If it does seem chillier, I’ll throw on a base layer underneath it all. It has classic styling with a modern piece that draws eyes.

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Yuichi

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I like American brands. I got most of the clothes i’m wearing today in the U.S. People tend to be in dark colors in the fall, so I purposefully used light colors in today’s outfit!

Jacket: Levi’s

This sherpa jacket keeps me warm on cold mornings in the fall.

Pants: Sleepy Jones

Sleepy Jones, which produces stylish pajamas, is one of my favorite brands; their clothes are always comfy.

Sunglasses: Warby Parker

Warby Parker is an innovative eyeglasses company. Their eyeglasses are super cool and it’s not expensive.

Shoes: Adidas

I like Stan Smith. It goes with the white T-shirt.

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Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography